Mediterranean Baked Salmon

by jenna on September 20, 2013

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Happy Friday!

I thought today would be a great day to share this EASY amazing dinner we’ve been loving lately. Did I mention it’s easy? Seriously, it’s, like, the easiest fish recipe ever. You can’t go wrong.

I posted a photo of this fish on Instagram last month and y’all went crazy for the recipe. I lodged it into the back of my head that I needed to share it soon, but then completely forgot. Oops. This salmon has all of my favorite flavors from the Mediterranean. My husband, who despises pesto {seriously}, adores this dish and said it’s the best salmon he’s ever had.

This salmon is loaded down with pesto {no need to make your own unless you want to, of course}, olives, red onion, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese. Yes, feta cheese on fish. It’s fantastic.

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All you do is rub that pesto all over your fish then top with the remaining ingredients. Then, just bake and eat. So easy, right?!?!

My best friend’s mom used to make this all the time and it’s her recipe that I’ve loved for years. I really can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share on the blog! I feel like I’ve been keeping a big secret for so long. But now, the secret is out.

I feel better, don’t you?

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We like to eat our Mediterranean salmon with a big green salad and usually some quinoa or brown rice pilaf on the side. Such an easy, flavorful weeknight meal.

Happy weekend to you!

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Mediterranean Baked Salmon

serves 2 heartily

Print this Recipe!


3/4th pound of Wild King salmon

1 tbsp pesto, storebought or homemade

2 tbsp sundried tomatoes

1/4th of a red onion, minced

1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

about 10 pitted kalamata olives, chopped


Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the salmon on the parchment paper and rub the top of the fish all over with the pesto. Layer on the feta, red onion, sundried tomatoes and olives.

Bake fish for 25-30 minutes until fully cooked. Enjoy!


40 minutes

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle September 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

This… is perfect for me. How’d you know? 😉 Thanks so much for a recipe that combines all my favorite flavors, and atop my favorite fish to boot!


Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 20, 2013 at 4:11 am

i never really thought of doing salmon this way, but i bet this is great. i also just discovered the wild king salmon at whole paycheck & we’re really loving it. we find it less fishy than the other salmon we’ve tried.


Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

I love a good salmon recipe. Always so light and fresh.


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

This dish contains a several of my husband’s favorite things — guess I should probably make it for him :)
Thanks for the recipe & have a great weekend!


Alexis @ Hummusapien September 20, 2013 at 4:39 am

I love anything why put it all on a juicy piece of salmon?? Love the pesto addition, too! This would be perf for an easy weeknight meal.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2013 at 4:45 am

Mmmm I am a sucker for anything involving salmon. This looks like a party!


Tieghan September 20, 2013 at 4:54 am

Wow, this looks awesome! I am a sucker for anything Mediterranean and anything covered in feta! YUM!


Jenna September 20, 2013 at 5:31 am

So flavorful!! Will have to put this on the menu next week!!


Eve & Faye September 20, 2013 at 6:21 am

Yum! Definitely going to give this a go :) Such a great idea.

Eve & Faye x
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Dana September 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

That’s such a gorgeous piece of salmon! I love pesto and these flavors together. Yum!


Kelsey @ Fueling Strong September 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

Ooo this sounds great! I have some pesto I’ve been waiting to use up, so looks like I’ve got dinner planned for tonight. Thanks for sharing!


erin @hooleywithaz September 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

oh my gosh, this looks amazing, and i’m sure it tastes just as good. i love recipes that seem so complicated but really are just simple!


dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

love simple recipes like this :) have a great weekend.


Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries September 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

I never would have thought to combine these ingredients with salmon, but I am so glad you did! This recipe looks amazingly mouth watering! And it’s pretty simple too!


dishing up the dirt September 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

I am always on the hunt for a good and easy salmon recipe. This sounds fantastic!


Lisa September 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Making this weekend; so pretty!


Lisa Langenfeld September 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Oh my goodness… delicious! I cannot wait to make this! I LOVE salmon, make it all the time, and especially love it with pesto. Baked salmon with pesto and crushed pistachios is also really yummy! Thanks for the great recipe! :)


Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog September 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Yum! Looks delicious. I love finding new ways to cook salmon and these Mediterranean flavors sounds like they’d work perfectly.


Emma @ Bevy Richmond September 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Kimberly September 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Ooo, I’ve baked salmon with pesto before but never thought to add feta cheese. Sounds like a good combination!


Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

well, that sure makes for lovely piece of fish. i’ve been eating lots of (wild) salmon this week.


Linda Schaack September 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Oh my gosh – I made the salmon this evening. Simple and delicious! It will be served again! I made fresh pesto this afternoon and used fresh roasted grape tomatoes – it was wonderful!
I have loved every single recipe I have tried of yours! As has my family,


Kiran @ September 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Loving the Mediterranean toppings on salmon. Especially olives. Yum 😀


Beth B September 21, 2013 at 3:26 am

How do you think this would work with another fish… perhaps tilapia? I’m not sure and would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!


Kristi September 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Yay! A new way to cook some salmon.


Jay Scott September 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I’d have never thought of feta cheese and pesto on Salmon. Excellent recipe – going to try this out soon!

Jay Scott


AnneG September 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thank you for another super easy and delicious weeknight, after-work meal!


Nicole September 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

Feta cheese + pesto + salmon sounds like an amazing combination. Thank you!


Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff September 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Looks delicious!


Marjorie September 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I want to make this for a dinner party of 6. Please give me some instructions. Can I use a whole side of salmon? What would be the adjusted baking time? I’ve had something similar to this in restaurants and always wanted to be able to make it at home. Help???


jenna September 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Yep! You could use a whole side of salmon – just make sure you have the scales and everything removed. When you buy your fish, tell the fish guy you need enough to feed 6 people. You wouldn’t adjust the baking temperature but the fish would probably take about 40 minutes – you’ll want to keep checking it and when it flakes easily in the center, it’s done!


Katie September 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

This looks delicious! Love easy-peasy meals :)


Cati September 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I made this tonight, I used fresh grape tomatoes instead of sun dried and no olives, it was a hit! thanks, Jenna


Samantha September 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Ooooooo, are you onto something with THIS. I made this earlier in the week with three big pieces of wild king salmon that I bought. The first night, straight out of the oven, it was delicious–and simple! I loved all the flavors together. My boyfriend–who is not a big fan of salmon in the first place–liked his piece when he came home later that night. Today, I had the last piece (warmed in the oven) for my lunch after a long run this morning. Delicious dinner, great leftovers, perfect post run meal. Love it! Thanks so much!


colleen October 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

This was amazing!


Elizabeth October 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and am blown away by how awesome it is!! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe :)


sueP October 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This was a fabulous company-worthy, but easy enough for a Monday night dinner. Which is when we had it. Love! Thx for the great idea!


Kenna January 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Big hit with the whole family! This is all my favorite things on one plate! Thanks.


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